[quote=alex_playford]I just started talking to a Seventh Day Adventist. I’m looking for some good resources to educate me on this particular church. Also, he talks about scripture interpreting scripture and the “law of first mention”. I’d appreciate your thoughts and any resources you could direct me to.
The Law of First Mention is roughly a concept that once something is mentioned in scripture it’s relevance or meaning remains the same throughout the rest of scripture. An example, would be to look at the instances of when God has given a person a new name, every time this happens from the first, to the last time recorded, it is meant to denote a change in role/relationship/importance.
As far as a “good” resource… that is hard, there are many resources, but I have yet to see a comprehensive one on the religion that deals with specifcally catholic vs. SDA issues in depth. Joao Machado has a site that deals with some SDA issues, he is also a member of this forum, his site is at machado-family.com/Q&A.htm. I have also done some writings for my family and friends on various issues, and would be MORE than happy to help you answer any specific challenges that you face.
Finally, the idea that scripture interprets itself is a very common presumption in the SDA Church. The idea is based on some creative “proof texting” and does not stand up to scrutiny on many levels. Even the SDA Church’s own “guidelines” on how to interpret scriptures states:
“l. Seventh-day Adventists believe that God inspired Ellen G. White. Therefore, her expositions on any given Bible passage offer an inspired guide to the meaning of texts without exhausting their meaning or preempting the task of exegesis (for example, see *Evangelism, *256; The Great Controversy, 193, 595; Testimonies, vol. 5, pp. 665, 682, 707-708; Counsels to Writers and Editors, 33-35).” adventist.org/beliefs/other_documents/other_doc4.html
The above statement alone contradicts the assertion by your friend that SDA’s only rely on scripture to interpret scripture. Read the rest of the document and I am sure you can see more contradictions to your friends assertions. The church calls for the use of history, scholarly resources, etc…etc…etc.
SDA’s generally fall back on the “scripture interprets scripture” when most other sources they would point to, contradict them, therefore it is easier to twist scripture without any external reference point.
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